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Visions and dreams are being fulfilled at Iowa Central and Willow Ridge

    by Iowa Central Information
    Posted on 2/13/2014

With the addition of the new Triton Cafeteria on the Fort Dodge campus, we have begun a full renovation of the previous facility to create a first class, state of the art Culinary Center built specifically for education. The Culinary Center will have two kitchen classrooms for our food preparation lab courses, a baking lab for all of our baking and pastry courses, and a 102 seat mini learning kitchen auditorium that will be fitted with a demonstration kitchen for lecture classes and cooking demonstrations similar to what you might see on the popular cooking shows on The Food Network.  Each one of the four classrooms will have four 55 inch television screens, which will provide an engaging and open learning environment for our students.

Starting February 1st, 2014, we will finally fulfill Mr. Decker’s vision as Willow Ridge will become a fully student ran restaurant facility.   The Culinary Arts and Restaurant and Hospitality Management students will be preparing, cooking, and serving an extensive menu for patrons four nights a week, Tuesday through Friday, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Sunday’s for brunch from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. During the academic year, students will rotate through shifts and job responsibilities, taking the skills, recipes and techniques that they have learned in the classroom, and utilizing them in a practical business setting. These hours, approximately 60 on the job training hours a semester, are a part of a Hospitality Professionalism course designed to prepare students for the job market and build employable skills, and what better way to build those skills than a real life training environment. Students will always be fully supervised by two full time instructional personnel in the kitchen as well as two full time instructional personnel in the restaurant.  Between the four semesters of Hospitality Professionalism, as well as a required internship the summer between their freshman and sophomore years, our graduates will acquire over 400 hours of practical on the job training, something that not many academic collegiate programs can say of their graduates.

Saturday’s will be held for special events such as musical entertainment, theatre productions, and private events.   When summer comes around and the students head home, we will have a golf themed menu for our summer golf patrons.

So come out and see us at Willow Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant.